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SARS Response

August 13, 2003

The SARS Task Force has waived the 10-day self-monitoring process for individuals who have traveled from or through one of the SARS affected countries. The task force has determined that the process can be waived at this time because all of the countries who were on the CDC’s (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) list have been removed from alert status.

July 31, 2003

SARS Task Force updates procedures
for new and returning students, faculty and staff

In preparation for new and returning students, faculty and staff this fall semester, the SARS Task Force has updated this Web site to include recommended procedures for individuals who have traveled from or through one of the SARS affected areas:

  • Canada (Toronto)
  • China
  • Hong Kong
  • Singapore
  • Taiwan

In general the task force is recommending these individuals self-monitor for 10 days from their date of arrival in the United States for the following symptoms:

  • fever greater than 100.4°F (38°C) and
  • cough, or
  • difficulty breathing.

University Health Services is making SARS self-monitoring kits available that include a digital thermometer, hand sanitizer, a SARS guide, two masks, a daily temperature log and an emergency contact number to call if you become ill.

“The university is committed to implementing as many reasonable precautions as necessary to reduce the risk for SARS on campus,” said Theresa Spalding, M.D., associate director of University Health Services. “Although all of the countries who were on the CDC’s (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) list have been removed from alert status, the task force believes it prudent to continue with the 10-day self-monitoring strategy at this time. This proved to be highly effective when the virus peaked last spring.”

If you have questions about these recommended procedures, call University Health Services at 512-475-6877 (475-NURSE).

May 19, 2003

Advice on conferences and special events on campus from Pat Clubb, Vice President for Employee and Campus Services.

April 25, 2003

A task force of university representatives in areas of public health and environmental and public safety, and administrators responsible for academic and student services is tracking Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) developments continuously and will recommend strategies and keep the campus informed. In keeping with that charge, the task force offers this informational Web site about SARS providing answers to frequently asked questions concerning the disease and the precautionary measures recommended by officials.

The information included on this site will soon be available in print for members of the campus community without electronic access.

James Vick, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs

Pat Clubb, Ph.D.
Vice President for Employee and Campus Services

April 24, 2003

The University of Texas at Austin responds to concerns about SARS, Office of Public Affairs

 


  Updated 2007 December 18